Belarus-Sweden ties plummet after bear drop

Minsk orders closure of Swedish embassy after aircraft drops hundreds of teddy bears carrying pro-democracy slogans.

    Belarus has ordered Sweden to fully close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, just days after the country's Swedish ambassador was expelled in a row over criticisms of alleged human rights abuses in the ex-Soviet state.

    The dispute escalated after an aircraft chartered by a Swedish public relations firm dropped hundreds of teddy bears with pro-democracy slogans over Belarus. 

    The government of Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian president, has drawn condemnation and isolation from the European Union over its crackdown on opposition figures. 

    Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.